Thursday 2 May 2019
Walk in the Trent area (Sherborne)
Start at the Rose and Crown Inn, Trent DT9 4SL. Approximately 4 miles across flat countryside with a mixture of footpaths and quiet roads, toward Nether Compton. Places of interest: St Andrew’s Church, the Chantry, thatched farms and cottages.
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Spring Lunch | Crown & Victoria Inn, Tintinhull
The pub has a lovely rural setting amidst spacious country gardens and sweeping willow trees. Tintinhull Garden (NT) is just up the road.
Thursday 13 June 2019
SS Great Britain + Brunel Institute
SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships.
There is much to see including the Dockyard Museum, the ship itself and the new Brunel Institute. There will be time to explore at your own pace plus a guided tour of the ship.
Wednesday 3 July 2019
Savill Garden, Windsor + Royal Heritage Tour
The Savill Garden was laid out in the 1930s and the 35 acres of gardens include formal gardens, glasshouses and woodland areas. The renowned rose garden should be at its best at the time of our visit. After lunch we will have a guided coach tour on the private roads inside Windsor Great Park. This will include commemorative groves of trees and veteran oaks, equestrian statues, the deer park, and the Guards Polo Club. And to finish off, the rare opportunity to disembark at the top of the iconic Long Walk and take a photo from The Copper Horse statue of George III to historic Windsor Castle.
Monday 29 July 2019
This National Trust property is cocooned in the Somerset countryside and is a rare survivor of a near complete Victorian Gothic country house and estate. The Gibbs family were the creators of this home and left a remarkable collection of some 60,000 possessions. You will discover an ornate chapel, flower filled terraces, towering trees, abundant kitchen garden and views across the Somerset hills.
Thursday 8 August 2019 ~ CANCELLED
There are many attractions at Beaulieu and the intention is to allow about 5 hours there, and for you to pick the sights and experiences which appeal to you. Palace House is a thirteenth century manor house much modified and the home of the Montagu family; a visit takes about one hour. The National Motor Museum contains about 285 vehicles. There are grounds and gardens to explore. There are further exhibitions to do with motoring including the “World of Top Gear” and a special collection of Ford Cars from the Model T onwards, plus John Tucker’s Garage set in the year 1939. Going back to history and nature there is Beaulieu Abbey to visit.
Thursday 29 August 2019
Knightshayes is a Victorian Gothic country house with richly decorated interiors and fine garden. It has been described as the ultimate “Gent’s Res.” The garden is large with many features – a water lily pond and topiary, specimen trees, rare shrubs and delightful seasonal colours. The restored walled Kitchen Garden is one of the National Trust’s most exciting projects!
After lunch we drive to the Tiverton Canal where we board the Horse Drawn Barge “The Tivertonian” for the 2½ hour voyage along the canal to East Manly, complete with cream tea.
Thursday 26 September 2019
You may think you know Stonehenge, but by removing the former A344 and nearby traffic, and building the excellent Visitor Centre with parking well away, English Heritage really have, as they claim, restored the dignity of the famous stone circle. This World Heritage site was donated to the nation in 1918. The engineering achievement of prehistoric Neolithic people moving blocks of stone vast distances only with primitive tools is remarkable. Stonehenge itself is only one part of a wider complex of avenues, long barrows, monuments and former settlements. The intention of this visit is that you should see things at your own pace.